George Arnald ARA (1763-1841)

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George Arnald ARA (1763-1841) specialised in landscape subjects, including topographical views to illustrated country histories. He is best known for his most celebrated and ambitious work ‘The Destruction of L'Orient at the Battle of the Nile’, now in the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

He was a student of the landscape painter and engraver William Pether (c.1738-1821), a friend of fellow painter John Varley (1778-1842) with whom he toured Wales, and later in his career he tutored the portrait painter Henry William Pickersgill (1782-1875).

Little is known about Arnald’s early life; accounts variously give his birth place as Farndip (now Farndish) in Northamptonshire (now Bedfordshire) or Berkshire. He went on to exhibit 176 works at the Royal Academy and was elected an associate member in 1810. He also exhibited 63 works at the British Institution.

George Arnald’s works are held in a number of public collections, including the Yale Centre for British Art, Tate, Royal Academy of Art, National Portrait Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum.